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Cal Poly Report - May 22, 2012


CSU to Host Web Cast of System Budget Advisory Meeting Tomorrow in UU220

The Chancellor's Office will host the System Budget Advisory committee meeting tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to noon via web cast. The web cast will be available for viewing in UU220. At the May 2012 Board of Trustees meeting, a presentation was given regarding possible cost reduction and revenue enhancement strategies to respond to the new direction in state funding assistance to higher education, generally, and CSU, specifically. The trustees asked that the chancellor provide an opportunity for input from all members of the CSU community about these various strategies, or suggestions for additional ideas that would assist in reducing costs or increasing revenues to address the reduction in state funding. The scheduled SBAC meeting provides an opportunity for input from various constituencies representing the CSU community. Read the memo from Ben Quillian, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer, to learn how to provide feedback.

Cal Poly’s Graduate Placement Statistics Improved Yet Again in 2010-11

Showing better employment results than the national average, more than nine out of every 10 graduates from Cal Poly’s class of 2010-11 are either employed or in grad school, according to the results of a survey recently released by the university’s Career Services office. In the 2010-11 Cal Poly Graduate Status Report, 68 percent of respondents said they are employed full time and 18 percent said they are in grad school (an increasingly critical move toward ensuring professional success and upward mobility). Another 5 percent reported being employed part time. Of the 4,470 students who graduated in 2010-11, 54 percent – or 2,419 – responded to the annual survey. The number of Cal Poly grads moving on to full-time employment improved by 3 percentage points over the 2009-10 academic year, when 65 percent reported being employed full time, and an additional 2 points over 2008-09, when the figure was 63 percent. Read more on the graduate placement report online.

President's Diversity Award to Be Presented May 23

The 2012 President’s Diversity Award will be presented at a reception honoring this year’s awardees and nominees from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the Rossi Grand Lobby of the Performing Arts Center, Christopher Cohan Center. The campus community is welcome to attend. This award is given to campus units that have exhibited commitment to the value of cultural diversity. The award is shared between one recipient that is a student organization and another that is a unit of the university or an auxiliary. Any faculty member, staff member, student or campus unit may nominate a student organization and/or campus unit for the award. The selected organization and unit each receive $1,000. For more information on the award criteria visit the Inclusive Excellence website.

Reception Set for June 5 for College of Liberal Arts’ Dean Linda H. Halisky

President Jeffrey D. Armstrong, Provost Kathleen Enz Finken and the College of Liberal Arts cordially invite the campus community to a reception honoring Linda H. Halisky. Since 2004, Halisky has served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts; she will retire in June, returning to teach English classes in the fall. Her 28 years of service have included receiving the 1990-91 Cal Poly Distinguished Teaching Award, serving as chair of the English Department from 1994 to 2000 and directing Cal Poly’s International Education and Programs from 2002-04. The reception is set for 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the Rossi Grand Lobby in the Performing Arts Center. For more information, contact Terry J.  San Filippo at To RSVP, email by May 28.

Campus Visits Begin for College of Architecture and Environmental Design Dean Finalists

Provost Kathleen Enz Finken accepted the recommendations of the Dean of College of Architecture and Environmental Design Consultative Search Committee, chaired by Phil Bailey, to invite three finalists for the position to visit campus. In addition to the first two finalists previously announced, a third candidate, Bradford C. Grant, has been announced. The three candidates and their visit dates are:
- Jay M. Stein, Ph.D., FAICP, professor of practice, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Tempe, May 22-23
- Christine Theodoropoulos, AIA, PE, professor and head of the Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, May 24-25
- Bradford C. Grant, AIA, NOMA, associate dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences, director of the School of Architecture and Design, Howard University, May 29-30
Faculty, staff, students and the campus community are invited to attend upcoming open forums as follows:
- May 22, 3:40-4:30 p.m. in the Engineering West Gallery Room 105A for Stein;
- May 24, 3:40-4:30 p.m. in the Bonderson Building Room 104 for Theodoropoulos; and
- May 29, 3:40-4:30 p.m. in the Engineering West Gallery Room 105A for Grant.
Curriculum vitae, statements and interview schedules of the finalists are available online.

Orientation Programs Refined Through Campuswide Collaboration

Student Affairs has announced refinements to its Orientation Programs for new students, developed through a collaborative effort involving 70 faculty members, staff members and students from around campus. The changes are aimed at creating an orientation process that better promotes success for new students, utilizes parents as partners, and addresses transitional issues that new Mustangs face. New students are urged to participate fully and follow all recommended steps as they acclimate to the university and community. Throughout the summer, students and families will get a taste of campus life and resources through a live video podcast, Poly Live. They will then visit the campus in July and August for a two-day Soar program and discover university expectations and traditions, learn about academic tools and advising, explore the San Luis Obispo community, and stay overnight in Poly Canyon Village. A special session for transfer students and families takes place in August (with a similar session for out-of-state and international students in September). An online course through Poly Learn is available to assist with questions related to block registration. During Week of Welcome in September, students meet their new living communities, learn about their major and academic advising, get involved in clubs and organizations, and discuss social issues and tips for a successful transition. More information about the refined Orientation Programs – including dates and reservation information – is available at

Faculty and Staff

Status of Women Committee Honors Three

The Status of Women Committee is honoring three women who have made many positive contributions to the university community: Linda Halisky, Donna Davis and Patricia Ponce. A reception in their honor is scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Alumni House Patio. President Armstrong will be in attendance and will say a few words, so faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. There will be refreshments. For more information, contact Tom Trice, Women's & Gender Studies Department chair, at ext. 6-2724 or


Sondra Gorman

Sondra Gorman, administrative analyst/specialist in the Biomedical and General Engineering Department, is retiring after 27 years with Cal Poly. Gorman has served six years in the Biomedical and General Engineering Department and previously held positions in the College of Engineering Dean's Office, Aerospace Engineering Department, and Mechanical Engineering Department. She is an integral member of the college's Administrative Support Network, which shares and recommends best practices among CENG administrative support staff.  Her valuable experience and expertise in the college regarding campus procedures is unmatched. Gorman received a College of Engineering Outstanding Staff Award in 2007. Please join Gorman in a celebration of her retirement from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the Bonderson Building, Room 104. Refreshments and cake will be served.

Kevin Bright

After 11 years as the accountant for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Kevin Bright retired April 14.  Please join the college in thanking Kevin for his service and wishing him the best of luck and health in his retirement. All are welcome to attend a reception in his honor from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the Dean's Conference Room in the Agricultural Science Building, Room 210. 

Tom May

Tom May is retiring May 30 from Cal Poly after 33 years of service. He graduated from Cal Poly Ornamental Horticulture in 1977 and began working in Facility Services as a lead grounds worker in 1979. In 1995, he moved to the construction side of Facility Services and has served as a project manager for the past 17 years. He has enjoyed working with the campus community on many construction and renovation projects. Please join May to celebrate his retirement with cake and lemonade from 2-3:30 p.m. May 30 in the Kennedy Library Atrium.

Donna Davis

Donna Davis, academic advisor/Connections for Academic Success Program coordinator with Student Academic Services, is retiring after almost 30 years at Cal Poly. Davis began her Cal Poly career in 1979, working until 1981 as the recruiting coordinator for the Placement Center (now Career Services). She returned to campus in 1984 as a career advisor with Career Services. In 1998, she accepted a position as the coordinator of the Outreach and Retention Center. In collaboration with the Office of Admissions, she helped create Cal Poly’s Partners Program. In 2000, the Outreach and Retention Center (now Connections for Academic Success) moved under Student Academic Services. Davis is also an EOP academic advisor and has advised several student clubs, served on numerous universitywide committees and served as co-chair of the Black Faculty and Staff Association. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in education with an emphasis in counseling and guidance at Cal Poly. Student Academic Services will host a retirement celebration honoring her from 1-3 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at the Albert B. Smith Alumni and Conference Center. The campus community is invited to attend.

Student Success

Cal Poly Students Earn Top Honors in International Business Competition

A team of three Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business students earned the highest honor in the online Glo-Bus International Business Competition. Glo-Bus is a computerized business simulation in which teams of students compete in a global industry to design, manufacture, distribute and sell their products. Orfalea College students Jordan Carson, Katie Talbert and Victoria Valentine took part in the competition as co-managers of E Company at Cal Poly. The competition ran April 30 through May 6. The Cal Poly students earned the No. 1 spot worldwide for achieving the best overall game-to-date score among 1,276 teams from 72 colleges and universities participating in the simulation worldwide. Read more here on the students' victory.

Students Create World's Largest Portable Telescope

The Research Scholars in Residence Program will sponsor a presentation by Dr. Russ Genet and a team of engineering students, titled "World's Largest Portable Telescope." Genet and the students will present information on the design, innovative construction, and applications of this unique and award-winning telescope built at Cal Poly. This seminar will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 31, in Room 510B of the Kennedy Library. All Cal Poly faculty, staff, students and members of the community are welcome. For more information, contact the Research and Graduate Programs office at or ext. 6-1508.

Campus Announcements

Nominations Sought for Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy

Nominations are being accepted for the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy, which recognizes a current or former faculty member’s superior achievement in fundraising. The award recipient will be recognized at the 2012 Fall Conference. Faculty, staff and current students are eligible to submit nominations. The nomination form is available online. Nominations should be submitted to Eileen Amaral, University Advancement, Heron Hall, Room 206 no later than 5 p.m. on June 29. Electronic submissions can be emailed to For more information, contact Amaral at ext. 6-1590. A list of past recipients is also available online.

New to PolyLearn Gradebook?

Nearly 300 faculty members began teaching in PolyLearn Moodle this quarter, and we know that using the Gradebook for the first time is one of the biggest challenges. Faculty members who are new to PolyLearn and plan to use the Gradebook are asked to visit the Gradebook Support Site to get ready for the end of the quarter. Fauclty members may also submit a Consultation Request for individual assistance or to schedule the PolyLearn Support team for a 30-minute session with their department to highlight the most important tips and tricks for Gradebook. For questions, contact or the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000.

Vanpool Program Has Openings Around the County

Tired of high gas prices? Consider vanpooling. There are vanpool openings in Santa Maria/Orcutt, North Coast, and North County. Call or e-mail today for further information at ext. 6-6680 or

Cal Poly Preschool Learning Lab to Open Full-Time This Fall

The Cal Poly Preschool Learning Lab will be opening full-time this fall. Spaces are available for children ages 3-5, and priority will be given to Cal Poly faculty and staff. For more information, contact Director Patty Clarkson at ext. 6-2220 or, or visit the preschool's web page.

Poly Trekker Registration is Under Way

Registration for Poly Trekkers Summer Program 2012 is now under way at the Orfalea Family & ASI Children’s Center. This exciting program is for school-aged children who have completed kindergarten through the fourth grade (approximately 6 to 10 years old). The program will run June 18 to Aug. 17 (closed July 4). The program is offered Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Extended care will be offered Aug. 20-22. There are many different scheduling options for this summer, including the full nine-week program or individual one-week sessions to fit in with a busy summer schedule. Also offered are Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday only options for the full nine-week program. Poly Trekkers includes a highly qualified staff with a superior ratio of one adult to every 10 children. A nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in the program fees. The children participate in art, crafts, recreational games, field trips (on and off campus) and fun. For more information or to register, contact the Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center at ext. 6-1267.

Open Forum on Degree Progress Report Set for May 24

The Office of the Registrar will hold a final open forum to familiarize the campus community with significant changes in the Degree Progress Report that coincide with the PeopleSoft upgrade.  Staff and faculty members who use this advising tool are encouraged to attend to learn about these changes.  The forum will be held on May 24, 11 a.m. to noon in the Math and Science Building, Room 204. For more information, contact Helen Bailey at 6-6313 or

El Corral Year-End Sales Offer Big Savings in May

Visit El Corral Bookstore in May for some great year-end sales events:

  • Sidewalk Sale (May 22-25, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.): Save up to 75 percent on select items
  • Customer Appreciation Days (Faculty/Staff – May 29-30; All Campus – May 31): Save 30 percent on all Cal Poly apparel, gifts and supplies.

For more details, visit

Sage Restaurant to Hold $10 All-You-Care-To-Eat Dim Sum Night May 22

Sage Restaurant invites diners to experience handcrafted dim sum – small servings of savory vegetables, meats and sauces, combined perfectly. All-you-care-to-eat dim sum will be just $10 per person from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Here’s a great way to use your Plu$ Dollars. For more information, visit or call ext. 6-1204.

Grants Development Office Announces Spring Workshop on May 23

The Grants Development Office announces a spring workshop for faculty who would like assistance with research funding. A workshop on Grant Budgeting is set for 2-4 p.m. May 23 in Room 114 of the Math and Science Building. View this PDF file online for more details, or call the Grants Development Office with questions at ext. 6-2982.

Small Business Development Center to Host May 24 Workshop on Financing Your Business

The Cal Poly Small Business Development Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will offer a May 24 workshop focused on Financing Your Business. Attendees can explore financing options for businesses and learn how to successfully secure necessary funds to start and grow a business. This interactive and free workshop will help attendees determine which option is most appropriate for their business needs. It will introduce SBA guaranteed loan programs, traditional bank products and alternative sources, and it will detail the requirements and process for securing various types of funding. The event is set for 8:45-11 a.m. at the Cal Poly Technology Park. Register or find more information online.

May 30 Colloquium to Honor 2012 Distinguished Scholarship Award Winners

Faculty and staff are invited to attend an interdisciplinary colloquium 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the Advanced Technologies Laboratories. President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Provost Kathleen Enz Finken, in association with the Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarship Awards Committee, will host the colloquium to honor the professional and creative work of Professor Christopher Kitts, Biological Sciences Department, and Professor William Hendricks, Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Department. Kitts and Hendricks were the recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Scholarship Award. Kitts will present “Student-Centered Research at Cal Poly, a Tale of Collaborations and Trade-offs.” Hendricks will present “A Park Ranger’s Story: How I Became a Social Scientist.” A social hour will follow the presentations. Seating is limited; reservations are encouraged. Call ext. 6-2186 by May 24, or email

Blackboard Will Be Turned Off May 31

The campus license for Blackboard is expiring, and content from existing Blackboard courses needed for future quarters must be removed from Blackboard by May 31. Faculty will no longer have access after this date. Content can either be moved into Summer and Fall PolyLearn course shells, or if time is short, Blackboard content can simply be saved to an individual instructor’s computer file storage for future use. Faculty have a variety of support options to accomplish this. The PolyLearn Support Team has two remaining file transfer workshops (registration available online) and will offer online help and consultation support. A variety of resources are available at the File Transfer Support Site. The question transfer web site offers support and request submissions. Or, you may submit a Consultation Request for individual assistance or to schedule the PolyLearn Support team for a 30-minute session with your department to highlight the most important tips and tricks for Content Transfer. For questions, contact or the ITS Service Desk at ext. 6-7000.

Reminder: Use Your Fast Passes by June 8

This is a friendly reminder that your Fast Passes will expire at the end of the academic year, June 8. Fast Passes are a convenient way to purchase meal passes to the all-you-care-to-eat restaurant 19 Metro station. For more information, visit

2011-12 Federal Work-Study Program Ends June 9

Saturday, June 9, 2012 is the last day students may work through the Federal Work-Study Program for 2011-12. Work-Study payroll must be submitted prior to the June payroll deadline. Any 'late' payrolls will be processed through regular student pay, since late Work-Study pay cannot be authorized. During finals week, Work-Study students may work up to 20 hours. There is no Federal Work-Study during the summer quarter 2012. The program will resume Sept. 18, 2012.

Bella Montana Faculty and Staff Housing Community Has Homes for Sale

Visit the Bella Montana Homes website for available homes for sale.


Cal Poly to Host UNLV Psychology Professor for May 22 Talk on Racial Identity

Psychologist, professor and author William E. Cross will present “The Trayvon Martin Tragedy and the Psychology of Being Black” from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in Chumash Auditorium at Cal Poly. Cross is a professor in the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and creator of the seminal model of black racial identity development. He is the author of “Shades of Black,” one of the most frequently referenced texts on black identity. His model conceptualizing the stages of black identity development has generated an ever-expanding number of essays, commentaries and empirical studies. In addition, his ideas have stimulated the growth of identity development models for application to a wide range of groups including gays and lesbians, Hispanic/Latinos, Asian Americans, feminists, and white European Americans. For more information, contact Roslyn Caldwell, associate professor of psychology and child development, at ext. 6-2686 or

Ryan Calo from Stanford Center for Internet and Society to Speak May 23

The Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at Cal Poly has announced the next talk in its Technology, Policy & Ethics Lecture Series. On Wednesday, May 23, Ryan Calo will speak about robots, drones and society at the UU 205 (Chumash Auditorium). The lecture, followed by a discussion period, is open to the public and will be run from 10 a.m. to noon. Robots—sometimes called drones—have been making headlines for years on the battlefield, but now they're starting to make an impact on society at large. Their surveillance roles in law enforcement and by others, from paparazzi to activists, are raising concerns about whether existing laws are enough to safeguard our civil liberties. “It is not hard to imagine why robots raise privacy concerns,” explained Calo, the director of privacy and robotics research at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. “Practically by definition, robots are equipped with the ability to sense, process, and record the world around them. Robots can go places humans cannot go, see things humans cannot see. My talk at Cal Poly will explore the various ways that robots implicate privacy and why, absent conscientious legal and design interventions, we may never realize the potential of this transformative technology.” This talk is sponsored by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts’ Lottery Speakers Fund, the Philosophy Department, and the Orfalea College of Business. For more information, visit the Technology, Policy & Ethics Lecture Series page.

Kepler Mission Project Manager to Speak May 24 On Campus

Roger Hunter, project manager for NASA’s Kepler Mission, will discuss the endeavor in a public talk May 24 on campus. The Kepler Mission is NASA’s first mission to search for habitable planets in our Milky Way Galaxy, outside our solar system. The objective is to determine how rare or common potentially habitable planets are in our galaxy. Prior to joining NASA, Hunter was with the Boeing Company as site manager in Colorado Springs, Colo., directing more than 250 Boeing engineers and technicians in sustaining the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation and the Air Force’s GPS command and control system. Before Boeing, Hunter served in the US Air Force, retiring as a colonel after 22 years. His assignments included commander, 2nd Space Operations Squadron; deputy operations group commander for the 50th Space Wing; and program manager for the XSS-10 microsatellite technology demonstration for Air Force Research Laboratory. He also had assignments with HQ US Air Force Space Command and HQ US Air Force at the Pentagon. He holds degrees from the University of Georgia, US Air Force Institute of Technology, and the US Air Force School of Advanced Airpower Studies. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force Air War College, and US Air Force Air Command and Staff College. Hunter’s talk will be held in Room 103 of the Graphic Arts Building from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It is being presented by Cal Poly’s Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education. For more information, visit

Science Café to Present ‘Transformed! Closing the Loop with Worms’ May 24

Kennedy Library will host “Transformed! Closing the Loop with Worms,” a conversation about the science of vermicomposting. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24 in the second-floor café lounge. VermiVision President Ralph Crevoshay and Hunter Francis, director of the CAFES Center for Sustainability, will cover topics including microbiology, gardening and business. Questions are welcome. Light refreshments will be served, and anything not consumed, will be used for compost. This Science Café, co-sponsored by CAFES Center for Sustainability, is free and open to the public. Go online for more information.

Data Studio at Kennedy Library to Present May 24 Talk on
Scholarship in the Network Era

MacKenzie Smith, an academic research library leader specializing in information technology and digital knowledge management, will present “Data Papers in the Network Era” at 2:10 pm Thursday, May 24, in the Data Studio (Room 111C) at the Kennedy Library. The talk will cover data sharing, repurposing and citation, the peer-review of data, and formal publications whose primary purpose is to describe data rather than analyze it. Smith was recently named university librarian for UC Davis, one of the top 75 research libraries in North America. Previously, she oversaw digital library research and development as research director for MIT Libraries and helped lead technology strategy for libraries at MIT and Harvard University. Her research focuses on the Semantic Web for scholarly communication and digital data curation in support of e-research. For more information contact Jeanine Scaramozzino at 6-5677 or

Cal Poly Choirs and Symphony to Perform "Rule Britannia" May 26

The Cal Poly Choirs and Cal Poly Symphony will perform music by two of England’s greatest composers – George Frederick Handel and Ralph Vaughan Williams – at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. Titled “Rule Britannia,” the concert will feature Handel’s coronation anthem “Zadok the Priest” and two works by Vaughan Williams: “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" and the cantata “Dona nobis pacem.” Baritone Paul Tipton will be the guest soloist. A native of Nashville, Tenn., he has been described by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a “dignified and beautiful singer.” He enjoys an active career in opera, oratorio and chamber music and has performed and recorded throughout the United States. Tipton has worked with conductors Masaaki Suzuki, Helmuth Rilling, Nicholas McGegan, Ton Koopman, Leonard Slatkin, Ted Taylor, Paul Hillier and Craig Hella Johnson. For more information, visit the Music Department Web calendar.

Job Vacancies

State Employment Opportunities

The official listing of staff and management vacancies is posted at To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236.

#102580 – Analyst Programmer - Career, ITS Information Management, $4,314-$8,831 per month (anticipated hiring range: $4,314-$7,224). Closes: June 17, 2012.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the online employment web site at to complete an application and apply for any of the positions shown below. Submit all requested application materials as attachments to your online application, unless otherwise specified in the ad.

There are no new job opportunities at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate corporation operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. To view job postings and/or apply for any regular-benefited position at Cal Poly Corporation, visit our website. For assistance contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

All positions have excellent benefits provided, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement program, paid sick leave/vacation and holidays. Apply online at CPC Human Resources, San Luis Obispo, CA  93407, AA/EEO.

Programmer/Analyst I, Information Technology, $19.71-$30.87/hour, Cal Poly Corporation IT team seeking highly motivated and organized, programmer/analyst with minimum one year of programming experience.  Requires equivalent to B.S. degree in actuarial science, business, or related field and knowledge of relational database design methods. Experience using contemporary programming languages (i.e., SQL, NET, Java) highly desirable. 

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit to complete an application and apply for positions listed below. For more information, contact the ASI Business Office in UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new job opportunities at this time.